Top 7 Smallest Cat Breeds

We all love having a cute little kitten and many of us wish that they stayed tiny forever. Luckily there are some cat breeds that stay small even when they are fully grown. Check out this list of our 7 smallest cat breeds that still have a larger than life attitude.


#1 - Singapura

A Singapura Cat with beautiful green eyes lying down
A Singapura Cat with beautiful green eyes lying down

The Singapura holds the crown for the smallest cat breed with many not weighing more than 2 kg. They have a small muscular frame and are very agile which means they are constantly getting into mischief.


#2 - Munchkin

A beautiful white Munchkin Cat with incredibly short legs
A beautiful white Munchkin Cat with incredibly short legs

Munchkin cats are small because of a gene mutation that has made their legs shorter than normal. Their bodies are medium in size but their shoulder height is very low to the ground which makes them one of our smallest breeds. Munchkins are surprisingly agile and although they can’t jump very well they are incredibly fast over ground.


A wonderful young Cornish Rex cat creeping in the bushes
A wonderful young Cornish Rex cat creeping in the bushes

Cornish Rex cats are a small breed that are best known for their unusual coat. They possess only the ‘down’ hair which makes up the undercoat of a normal cat so they are incredibly soft and have hypoallergenic properties.


#4 - Devon Rex

A Devon Rex cat showing off its wonderful pointed ear tips
A Devon Rex cat showing off its wonderful pointed ear tips

Like the Cornish Rex; the Devon Rex’s coat is made up of just the ‘down’ hair so they are also very soft to the touch. Another trait that the two breeds share is their small frame which is why they both made it onto our smallest cats list.


An American Curl cat with incredible back curled ears and green eyes
An American Curl cat with incredible back curled ears and green eyes

American Curl cats are smaller than average but are most recognisable by their ears which curl back towards the skull (unlike the Scottish Fold whose ears fold forwards). They tend to weigh less than 5 kg but individuals may vary a lot because of a diverse gene pool.


#6 - Siamese

A lovely siamese cat with beautiful blue eyes
A lovely siamese cat with beautiful blue eyes

Siamese cats have quite a long body but have made it onto the list because they are such a lightweight breed. These cats usually weigh less than 5kg but possess a lithe and athletic frame.


#7 - Balinese

A Balinese cat with an incredible black and white long coat
A Balinese cat with an incredible black and white long coat

The Balinese shares a lot of traits with the Siamese which is unsurprising when you learn that a Balinese is essentially a purebred longhaired Siamese. For this reason you won’t be shocked to hear that the Balinese rarely weighs more than 5kg and shares the same build as the Siamese (if you can see under all that fur).


Bonus - The Dwelf

The rather unusual looking dwelf cat
The rather unusual looking dwelf cat

Although not yet a recognised breed the Dwelf definitely deserves a mention. This cat looks utterly amazing and combines the unique traits of three different breeds to give a cat who looks almost alien. The short legs of the Munchkin, the curled ears of the American Curl and the hairless body of the Sphynx cat gives you a small Dwarf/Elf - Dwelf cat.



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Ann, 28 October 2019

I have 3 rescued kitties. They were left to fend for themselves. What is interesting about these kittens, is that they are noticeable breeds. The first was found wedged in the wall of an abandoned building. She turned out to be a "rumpie" Manx, the kind allowed in cat shows. She has grown into a beauty. 6 weeks later, my brother, (the actual rescuer), found a kitten running happily around an old trailer, and he was a combination of exotic & funny looking. The vet was excited because he's a Devon Rex. The latest rescue is a kitten/tiny cat, dumped in the parking lot of the apt blding. Another unusual cat, a "stumpie" Manx. My point is, you don't need to buy, just keep your eyes open for a while.


Marie, 14 September 2019

we are cat lovers and are looking for another cat but one that remains small. there was one on fB looked like an ocelot? can you send us a list of cats that remain small we would appreciat it very much. sincerely, marie moir


Melinda, 7 August 2019

Where can I find a long-haired American Curl kitten to adopt or buy in/near Lakeland, Florida??


Christine, 18 July 2019

I would like a munchin cat


Jenjen, 13 May 2019

Hello. I like a singapura. Sounds nice.

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